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Pennsylvania Firefly Festival, Inc. Research Internship, firefly habitats 3/4/17 2/13/17

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University of Washington REU - fire, wolves, and herbivory (Sept. and April) 6/21/17 6/7/17
University of California Santa Barbara REU, nutrient cycling, soil microbes, litter decomposition  6/7/17 6/7/17
Brookhaven National Laboratory Internship in Forest Ecology  5/23/17 5/23/17
Syracuse University REU, plant-insect interactions and chemical ecology  5/12/17 5/12/17
Syracuse University REU and summer research positions-yucca moth pollination mutualism 5/5/17 4/5/17
University of California Santa Barbara REU, Marine Science 4/21/17 4/5/17
University of Alaska Fairbanks Effects of permafrost thaw and fire on export of C and N from boreal catchments 4/18/17 3/27/17
University of California Santa Barbara REU, coastal ecosystem ecology 4/15/17 4/5/17
Northeastern University REU, Marine Science 4/15/17 4/3/17
University of Alaska Fairbanks REU, ecosystem and global consequences of future changes in arctic vegetation 4/10/17 4/3/17
University of California Riverside Field Research in Entomology/Microbiology 4/10/17 3/20/17
Syracuse University Summer Lab Technicians, Project Carbon 4/1/17 3/1/17
Arizona State University REU in desert stream ecology 3/21/17 3/6/17
University of Washington REU: Washington Cascades Plant Communities and Climate Change 3/20/17 3/6/17
University of Notre Dame REU - Grassland/Grasshopper Ecology in Western Montana 3/17/17 3/6/17
Duke University REU in plant invasions  3/7/17 3/7/17
University of Texas at El Paso REU, Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity 3/6/17 12/13/16
Pennsylvania Firefly Festival, Inc. Research Internship, firefly habitats 3/4/17 2/13/17
University of Pittsburgh REU, Amphibian Disease, Pymatuning Lab of Ecology 3/3/17 1/8/17
University of Wisconsin-Stout REU, Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability 3/1/17 2/6/17
University of Virginia REU, experimental ecology and evolutionary biology 3/1/17 12/23/16
University of Arizona REU, Earth Science at Biosphere 2 3/1/17 12/23/16
Lacawac Sanctuary Undergraduate Internship at Field Station in NE PA 2/28/17 12/13/16
University of South Dakota REU: Sustainable River Project (11 positions) 2/28/17 10/12/16
University of Michigan Great Lakes Summer Fellows 2/26/17 12/19/16
University of Arkansas REU, Ecosystem Services 2/24/17 1/7/17
Morton Arboretum Tree Science Undergraduate Research Fellowship 2/24/17 12/6/16
Chicago Botanic Garden REU, Echinacea Project 2/23/17 1/23/17
University of Georgia REU, Population Ecology of Infectious Diseases 2/20/17 1/31/17
University of Virginia REU/summer courses at Mountain Lake Biological Station 2/20/17 12/13/16
Oregon State University REU, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest LTER 2/19/17 2/9/17
University of Texas at Austin REU in switchgrass ecology and genetics 2/19/17 12/23/16
Georgetown University REU, Environmental Science and Policy 2/17/17 1/10/17
University of Kansas REU, Models in Evolution, Ecology and Systematics 2/15/17 1/10/17
Texas A&M University Galveston REU in Marine Science 2/15/17 1/8/17
University of Puerto Rico REU in Tropical Ecology and Evolution 2/15/17 12/13/16
Virginia Institute of Marine Science REU, Marine Science 2/10/17 1/23/17
National Ecological Observatory Network Summer research internships for undergraduates 2/10/17 1/23/17
Colorado State University Urban Water Innovation Network Undergraduate Research Program 2/10/17 12/16/16
Oregon State University Summer internship in marine studies 2/10/17 12/16/16
Environment for the Americas Natural Resource and Education Internships at National Parks 2/6/17 1/17/17
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies REU, Translational Ecology 2/3/17 1/16/17
Harvard University REU, Harvard Forest Summer Research 2/3/17 12/13/16
Chicago Botanic Garden REU, plant biology and conservation 2/1/17 1/7/17
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Summer Internships in Environmental Sciences and Education 2/1/17 12/15/16
Miami University REU, Ecology of Human Dominated Landscapes  1/31/17 1/31/17
North Dakota State University REU, STEM Education 1/27/17 12/13/16
Central Michigan University REU, Great Lakes Summer Research 1/27/17 12/12/16
University of Freiburg (Germany) Research Intern - effects of tree diversity on productivity  11/29/16 11/29/16
University of Notre Dame Field Ecology and Environmental Science 11/18/16 11/14/16
University of Florida Student Summer Wildlife Research in Swaziland (4-5 positions) 11/6/16 9/14/16

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Arizona State University: We are seeking two summer undergraduate researchers to participate in a project investigating how variation of streamflow affects energy transfer through stream food webs. The goal of the Food Chain Length (FCL) project is to link the mechanisms of temporal variation in streamflow and intensity of disturbance regimes to FCL in aridland streams. Ongoing research conducted in streams across Arizona includes repeated measures of variation in food chain length, ecosystem metabolism, nitrate concentrations, and experimental nitrogen pulse manipulations. Additionally, we are investigating how flood pulses of water and nitrogen stimulate production in the riparian ecosystem by measuring changes in soil processes, primary producers, and consumers. Students will contribute both to the field campaign and laboratory sample processing. Students will also collaborate closely with the principal investigator, graduate students, and technicians to develop an independent research project that will build on the ongoing research. Fieldwork will consist of traveling to rivers across the state of Arizona for aquatic biological surveys, water quality measurements, sensor maintenance, and requires spending long days in the desert during the Arizona summer, often carrying heavy equipment. Lab work will consist of processing samples for stable isotope analysis, invertebrate sorting, and soil microbial activity and nutrient assays. Applicant requirements: Students must have demonstrated interest in ecology. The position lasts 12 weeks, preferably starting in early May, though exact dates are flexible and is based at Arizona State University. Application is restricted to currently enrolled undergraduates that graduate no sooner than fall 2017. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Desired qualifications: Previous experience with laboratory or field-based research; coursework in biology, ecology, chemistry, and math/statistics; enthusiasm about conducting both field and lab work, with occasional long days in the field or multi-day field trips; valid U.S. driver’s license. To apply: 1) letter summarizing research interests and experience, 2) list of relevant coursework, and 3) CV to Dr. Tamara Harms ( by March 21, 2017. Posted: 3/6/17.

Brookhaven National Laboratory: The TEST Group at is looking for student to join us this fall for a Department of Energy Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI). Specifically we are looking for a student interested in establishing long-term forestry inventory plots on site at BNL. These plots will include forests across disturbance gradients associated with fire and insect activity. We will use these plots to establish a baseline for tracking forest dynamics, and to validate our satellite, airborne, and drone based remote sensing approaches. Details on the application process. Deadline: May 31st 2017. If you do apply please contact us directly so we are aware of your application:, Posted: 5/23/17.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, summer 2017. The theme of the program is Translational Ecology for Undergraduates. The program emphasizes the community nature of the scientific enterprise, fosters reflection and builds self confidence and skills. To complement their mentored research, students have many chances to interact, give and receive feedback and support, and participate in a rich assortment of enrichment activities, workshops and field trips around the theme of translational ecology. Dates: May 22 to August 11, 2017 (12 weeks). Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Stipend: $6,300 stipend, plus a $900 food allowance and free housing in Bacon Flats Lodge. Assistance is available for travel to and from the program as well. Projects for 2017: · Eavesdropping behavior and social information use in songbirds · The scavenger community in a temperate northeastern forest · Nutrient retention in forest soils · Long-term consequences of high deer abundance on forest community structure and nutrient dynamics · Ecosystem regulation of mosquitoes and disease risk · Trans-boundary ecosystem effects of larval abiotic conditions on adult mosquito population dynamics · Hudson River habitats in a changing world · Lakes in a changing global environment · Ecological change in the Sky Lakes on the Shawangunk Ridge · Using a whole-lake experiment to understand how environmental change alters lake food productivity · Children's learning and engagement in ecology. To apply: Applications must be submitted by February 3, 2017. Posted: 1/16/17.

Central Michigan University: seeking undergraduate students to participate in a 10-week research experience at its Biological Station (CMUBS) on Beaver Island. This program will provide funding for 5-7 undergraduates to work with CMU faculty on research projects related to the chemical and physical aspects of nearshore Lake Michigan and how these aspects affect algal, invertebrate, and fish communities. Research will also emphasize how water currents alter the availability of nutrients, the abundance and diversity of organisms, and nearshore-offshore coupling. Students will live and work on Beaver Island from May 21 – July 29, 2017, receiving a $4,500 stipend, together with free room and board and up to $500 for travel to Beaver Island. See CMU Great Lakes Summer Research Program for details and to apply. Deadline: 1/27/17. Posted: 12/12/16.

Chicago Botanic Garden: Research Internships - Echinacea Project. Are you interested in gaining field research experience and learning about the ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairie? The Echinacea Project is offering several summer and year-long research internships for students and soon-to-be graduates. We have diverse potential projects for students with backgrounds or interests in plant ecology, pollination biology, evolution, statistics, conservation, and computer science. In the past, interns have completed projects on a variety of topics including pollination biology, prairie restoration, and plant-herbivore interactions. No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and hard-working. You will survey natural plant populations, measure plant traits in experimental plots, hand-pollinate plants, observe & collect insects, and assist in all aspects of research. Housing is provided and there is a stipend. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to do an independent project as an REU participant. Information about our offerings for summer 2017 and the 2017-2018 year are here: Review of applications will begin on February 23rd for REU internships and on March 2nd for other positions. The team and I are happy to answer any further questions - Stuart Wagenius, Ph.D. ( Posted: 1/23/17.

Chicago Botanic Garden: Summer Research Experiences for Undergrads (REU): The Chicago Botanic Garden welcomes undergraduates* interested in plant biology and conservation to apply to our REU program, funded by the National Science Foundation. This 10 week internship program, offered from June - August 2017, provides undergraduate participants an opportunity to explore a diverse array of scientific fields related to plant biology and conservation spanning genetic to ecosystem levels of inquiry. Interns work with a mentor to conduct an independent research project, participate in training and professional development programs, and present their results to a broad audience. Travel, room and board, and research costs are covered by the program. Participants also receive a $5,000 stipend. Application deadline is February 1, 2017. For more information, please visit *You must be a current undergraduate student (enrolled spring and fall 2017) and a citizen or permanent resident of the US or its territories to qualify for this internship. Posted: 1/7/17.

Colorado State University: The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) is pleased to offer its second Undergraduate Research Program (URP) for the summer of 2017. Students with different research interests in urban water sustainability - social sciences, natural sciences, engineering - will be placed with a team of mentors at institutions in urban areas across the nation. Projects for 2017: Variation in Vegetation’s Influence on Urban Climate (University of California Riverside, Oregon State University, University of Arizona, UMBC) Evaluating Options for Management of Urban Flood Hazards (UMBC, University of Arizona, University of Georgia) Microclimates and Human Activity Patterns Near Urban Surface Water: A Case Study of Tempe Town Lake, Arizona (Arizona State University) Water Resouces and Heat Emergencies (Arizona State University) Natural Solutions for Urban Watershed Sustainability (Brooklyn College CUNY) Visualizing Urban Water Sustainability Indicators within a Video Game for Collecting Water Management Ideas from Gamers (Colorado State University) Non-Darcian Flow Regimes in the Biscayne Aquifer of Southeast Florida (Florida International University) Water Affordability Case Studies (Michigan State University) Transitions to Socially Equitable and Environmentally Just Sustainable Urban Water Systems (Northeastern University) Characterizing the Urban Energy Water Nexus through Modeling and Data Analysis (Princeton University) System-of-Systems Analysis of Water Infrastructure Resilience under Climate Change Impacts (Texas A&M University). See: Support: $4,500 stipend, room and board on-campus or in nearby housing, travel allowance up to $900. Applications must be submitted by February 10, 2017. Posted: 12/16/16.

Duke University: The Wright lab will be hiring an REU student to work on our project investigating the effects of the invasive grass, Microstegium vimineum, on native ecosystems. The student will develop an independent project that is nested within a larger collaborative project between Duke, Indiana and the University of Florida. Possible topics include investigating the effects of the invasive species on native plant biodiversity or arthropod communities across a range of invasion intensity. The program will start on May 22nd and last 10 weeks and we will provide a stipend. If you are interested, please send your CV, a letter describing your interest in the project, and the names and contact information of 2 references to Justin Wright ( Posted: 3/7/17.

Environment for the Americas: We work to create a diverse workstaff at some of our nation's most spectacular National Parks across the by providing internships at National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites across the U.S. and territories. This internship program is designed to provide unique experiences to underserved youth who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees or who have recently graduated. LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHP PROGRAM: The Latino Heritage Intern Program is a component of an overarching service-wide strategy to address and correct the lack of Latino employment opportunities in the National Park Service. The National Park Service is committed to engaging the next generation through the strategic use of student internships with partner organizations under Cooperative and Task Agreements. These agreements allow the NPS to invest in cost efficient strategies geared towards recruiting entry level talent, predicting future performance, and building a more diverse workforce. Preparing and integrating this generation into the NPS workforce is critical for the future of the Service. MOSAICS IN SCIENCE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: A Mosaics Intern is an entry level natural resource science internship that focuses on career exploration and building fundamental natural resource science skills. The Mosaics in Science Program is focused on persons that are under-represented in STEM fields. Students and recent graduates that are African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native American are encouraged to apply for these internships. In order to be eligible for a MIS intern position, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 35 years old. For more information on available positions and to apply visit the links above. All applications are due February 6, 2017. Posted: 1/17/17.

Georgetown University: Our REU Site program in Environmental Science and Policy in the Nation’s Capital is seeking talented and engaged undergraduate students. This ten-week program will bring a cohort of ten students to Washington, D.C. to conduct hands-on research in environmental science at Georgetown University and to take part in a mini-curriculum that builds research skills and also explores the intersections of science and public policy. Participating research mentors have expertise in fields including ecology, conservation biology, evolutionary genetics, mathematical modeling, hydrology, statistics for environmental studies, and earth science. See mentor research descriptions on the program web site. Interested students are encouraged to contact potential mentors directly. The 2017 program will run from May 31 - August 5. Students will be housed on the Georgetown campus and will receive a $5250 stipend plus an allowance for food. To be eligible, applicants must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents, full-time students as of August, 2017, and available to participate full-time during the program. We are striving for a diverse group, so students from groups typically underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin on February 17, 2017. For more information on the program and to apply, visit the link above. For inquiries, contact the program manager Dr. Manus Patten (, the principal investigator Dr. Matthew B. Hamilton (, or co-principal investigator Dr. Martha Weiss ( Posted: 1/10/17.

Harvard University: Harvard Forest Summer Research Program. We seek a diverse group of students from a variety of undergraduate programs across the country. Summer Projects focus on: Wildlife Dynamics & Invasive Species, Computer Science Solutions for Big Data, Atmosphere-Biosphere Exchanges, Paleoecology, Conservation Management, Forest Ecosystem Response to Global Change, Biodiversity. Students are paid a stipend of $5,775 for the 11 week session (May 22 to August 4, 2017). Excellent on-site housing and a full meal plan are included as part of the program. Assistance with travel costs to and from Harvard Forest is also provided. Visit for details. Deadline: Friday 3 February 2017. Posted: 12/13/16.

Lacawac Sanctuary: The Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit biological field station, 545-acre nature preserve, and environmental education center located in NE Pennsylvania. Founded in 1966, the Lacawac Sanctuary has a long history of supporting ecological research, providing public access to preserved natural lands, and providing innovative environmental education programs. Due to its pristine, protected nature Lake Lacawac serves as “living laboratory,” thereby providing a baseline for ecological study. The Lacawac Sanctuary and Biological Field Station seeks an undergraduate intern for Summer 2017. The student will work with the Director of Research and Education on various Pocono lake monitoring projects and assist with outreach activities. They will spend considerable time conducting field work, completing laboratory analysis, and communicating science with the public via public programs. A modest stipend and free housing is available at the Lacawac Sanctuary for the duration of the internship. A commitment of 20-30 hours per week is expected. Previous research experience is not required, but the strongest applicants will have experience and interest conducing environmental field and lab work, handling data, and communicating science with the public. Submit letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts, application packet, and at least one letter of recommendation to Dr. Sarah Princiotta ( More information and application packet can be found at Review of applications will begin on February 28, 2017. Posted: 12/13/16.

Miami University: (in Oxford, OH) is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications to our Research Experience for Undergraduates. The program is focused on The Ecology of Human Dominated Landscapes. Undergraduate students accepted into the program will: Conduct an independent research project with a faculty mentor at Miami University. Research opportunities are available in the lab or field in aquatic or terrestrial environments. Discuss current literature related to their projects with faculty mentors and student peers in clusters related to their project. Attend team-building field trips around the regional Midwest. Take short courses on ethics and professions in ecology and environmental science, and interact with seminars by guest speakers. Participate in field trips illustrating the natural history of Southwestern Ohio. For more information about our program please visit the link above. Click on the Application tab at the top of the page and follow the instructions to apply. Please contact Patrick Garrett at with any problems, questions, or concerns you may have about our program or the application process. Posted: 12/8/16, revised: 1/31/17.

Morton Arboretum: The Morton Arboretum’s Center for Tree Science Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Students in the Center for Tree Science Undergraduate Research Fellowship (CTS-URF) program spend ten weeks at The Morton Arboretum under the mentorship of our Research Scientists and Research Associates. The CTS-URF is designed to engage undergraduate students in the scientific process through the completion of an independent research project, falling in one of our major research areas. Research at the Center for Tree Science is focused on trees, obviously, but there are many facets to tree science. Students will have the opportunity to indicate their preference among available mentors at the Morton Arboretum. Our scientists cover a broad range of topics: basic tree biology, forest ecology, arboriculture, biomechanics, root biology, soil science, genetics, phylogenetics, systematics, conservation biology, and restoration ecology. Students participate in weekly activities, such as seminars, field trips, and social events. The program endeavors to promote critical thinking, independence, self-confidence, perseverance, and group working skills. Participation in the program will help prepare students for graduate studies and professional careers in science-related fields. At the end of the program, students will be required to prepare a scientific poster and give presentations of their work in a student research symposium at The Morton Arboretum. The students also interact with peers in similar programs based at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Field Museum. The 2017 program dates will be June 12 through August 18. Successful applicants receive a stipend, an opportunity for housing, and a nominal budget for research. Application review will begin January 1 and continue through February 24, 2017. Apply for the CTS-URF program HERE. Application materials to be submitted as one PDF document include: 1. Cover letter (one page maximum), describing why you would like to participate in the CTS-URF program, your career goals and how this program will help you meet them, prior research experience (if any), and your mentor and/or research area preference. 2. Curriculum vitae or resume. 3. Official or unofficial transcripts from your academic institution. In addition, a letter of reference from an instructor or advisor from your academic institution should be sent to Posted: 12/6/16.

National Ecological Observatory Network: NEON is accepting applications for a variety of research internships for undergraduates in summer 2017. Please share this information with potentially interested undergraduates. From helping to design sensor assemblies to testing sampling protocols and analyzing data, interns work alongside staff mentors and explore career options in weekly professional development seminars and networking events with interns from other scientific programs based in Boulder, CO. - During this 11-week paid summer program, interns work 40 hours a week earning a competitive wage. - Furnished apartments are provided at no cost to interns. - Round-trip airfare from anywhere within the U.S. and Puerto Rico and a regional bus pass that meets most local transportation needs are provided. - Applications are due 10 February, 2017. Intern Project Areas - Aquatic Ecology - Quantitative Ecology – Mosquito communities - GIS - Remote Sensing - Field Ecology & Beetle Taxonomy - Ecology & Remote Sensing (Foliar Chemistry) For more details, visit the link above. Posted: 1/23/17.

North Dakota State University: We are excited to announce the 5th year of our summer REU in discipline-based education. Our program is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning and teaching of STEM at the undergraduate level. Over a 10-week period during the summer, students are immersed in a cohort of undergraduate scholars to get hands-on research experience in discipline-based education research. Students are housed on-campus and earn a $5000 stipend. Students may have the opportunity to present their research at a national conference with travel support from our REU. Additional travel funding is available for travel to and from Fargo for those in financial need. Our program begins May 30, 2017 and runs through August 5, 2017. Applications due January 27, 2017. For more information, including descriptions of potential research projects, please visit -or-Email Jennifer Momsen ( or Warren Christensen ( Posted: 12/13/16.

Northeastern University: BOWEN LAB, Marine Science Center, REU POSITION AVAILABLE. The Bowen lab focuses on how the structure and function of microbial communities are affected by human activities as well as how microbial communities alter their environment, from whole ecosystems like salt marshes to oysters, lobsters and plants. We are hiring one REU student for the summer to work on a project focused on salt marsh nutrient cycling. The REU will be trained in both molecular and biogeochemical techniques. Two possible projects for the REU to tackle include, though we are also happy to consider other project ideas that facilitate the student’s interests: 1) investigate the effects of sulfide on nitrate reduction pathways and microbial communities involved in these pathways in salt marsh sediments. 2) investigate the response of salt marsh fungal communities to nitrate addition. The REU duration is 10 weeks, but timing is flexible. The student will be based at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, MA. Public transportation from Northeastern Main Campus is available by shuttle (departs 9 AM, returns 5 PM) or students can drive to Nahant directly. Work outside of those windows of time will be necessary so having independent transportation, while not imperative, is desirable. The position comes with a $5000 stipend and $1500 to cover the cost of research. We are particularly interested in mentoring students who are looking to pursue graduate education in the fields of ecology or environmental science, that have excelled in coursework at their home institution, and have expressed interest in academic research. Priority will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students from under-resourced families and communities. If you are interested in applying for this position please send a resume, unofficial copies of your transcript, and a cover letter that describes your research interest and experience, and your future goals, along with the names and contact information for two letters of reference to Jennifer Bowen at by April 15, 2017. Posted: 4/3/17.

Oregon State University: We are seeking applicants for an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2017 to examine small carnivore (e.g., weasel, western spotted skunk, Pacific marten) ecology at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest on the west slope of the Oregon Cascades near Blue River, Oregon. This project will focus on non-invasive approaches (i.e., camera trapping) to understand the spatial distribution and estimate populations densities of these small carnivores. This research will contribute to a larger PhD project on the small mammal and small carnivore food webs in the Pacific Northwest forest. As such, the student will be encouraged to participate in small carnivore captures and subsequent radiotelemetry. The position will be based at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and travel will be required for short trips to Oregon State University (Corvallis, Oregon). The Andrews Forest was established in 1948 as a USFS Experimental Forest, and since 1980 is one of NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites. The field station has modern apartments with full kitchens, a well-equipped computer lab, and wireless internet. The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwest old-growth forests of cedar and hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglas firs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams. The goal of this program is to provide undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in 10 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research. The program includes a weekly seminar series and an opportunity for the student to interact with a multitude of scientists, OSU faculty, federal scientists, and graduate students conducting research in the area. Participants will closely work with the PIs of the project (Drs. Taal Levi, Damon Lesmeister, and Clint Epps) and a PhD student (Marie Tosa) on the grant. The REU student will conduct supervised and guided research and be encouraged to tailor the research project to his/her own interests. This position lasts for 10 weeks, starting May 29 through August 4, 2017, working at least 40 hours/week. Exact dates are flexible. The student will be responsible for 1) meeting all requirements of the mentors and 2) writing a final research report on his/her research experience. Housing and a weekly stipend of $550 will be provided ($5500 total). There are also some funds to defray the cost of traveling to the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Requirements: Applicants should have a valid driver’s license, the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances over uneven terrain, and be comfortable spending long days on their feet in the field. The position will involve working in inclement weather. Previous field experience and experience climbing trees are a plus. A general understanding of ecology is desirable. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates that have a graduate date no sooner than fall 2017. All applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. To apply: Please submit a brief cover letter (1 page) indicating your interest, experience and professional goals after graduation, curriculum vitae or resume, transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) and 3 professional references (names, addresses, phone number, and email address) as 1 document to: Please include in the subject: HJA REU 2017 Application. Only complete applications will be considered. Review of applications will start Feb. 19, 2017. Questions should be directed to: Marie Tosa, email:, subject: HJA REU 2017. Posted: 2/9/17.

Oregon State University: Oregon Sea Grant is excited to announce our seventh annual undergraduate Summer Scholars Program. This PAID ten-week program running from June 19th to August 25th places high caliber junior and senior undergraduate students from around the country with a variety of Oregon-based host organizations (public agency, non-profit, non-governmental) to provide a diversity of students with hands-on experience under the mentorship of a career professional. Scholars can assist host agencies with field work, lab work, analysis, research, policy development, and/or outreach and public engagement efforts. See the link above for details and to apply. Applicants must email expressing their interest in applying by February 10, 2017. Posted: 12/16/16.

Pennsylvania Firefly Festival, Inc.: Paid Research Internship, June-August 2017 (dates flexible). PAFF, a 501c3 Non-Profit, seeks undergraduate student for basic field research on firefly habitats, Forest County PA (Allegheny National Forest area). Ongoing research: collecting phenological data by day, GPS data at night, where fireflies are active. Additional requirements: participate in educational outreach events, peak firefly season (~2 weeks). Funded by grant from the Huplits Wildlife Fund (Sierra Club). For full description: Qualifications: Basic field research experience. Ideal candidate: energetic with inquisitive mind. Remote location: must have good health, physical stamina, love of outdoors & no reservations being in the forest at night. Own vehicle, camping experience (& gear) helpful. Duration: 8-10 week internship, June – Aug (PA Firefly season.) Flexibility on dates, but must be on site continuously 6/12-7/1 for seasonal events/outreach. Application: Send letter of interest to Bruce Parkhurst ( with copy to PAFF board ( (or mail PAFF by post, 13558 Route 666, Tionesta, PA 16353). Describe research interests, experience, & evidence of outstanding academic potential. Provide 3 references, 1 of which is your faculty or research advisor. Salary: $2500 stipend. Small budget available for supplies & research work. Housing included. Tent camping and/or rustic cabin available on festival premises: Black Caddis Ranch, Kellettville. B&B overnights or temporary stay with local supporters possible on non-peak dates. Letters of Interest due March 4. Posted: 2/13/17.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: SERC in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hand-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of the Center’s professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant. SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 12-16 weeks utilizing our 2,650 acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained an REU site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our professional-training programs as a stepping stone to pursue advanced careers in the environmental sciences. Application to the SERC Internship Program consists of on-line registration, Student copy of transcripts, personal essay, CV or resume, and two letters of recommendation using the Smithsonian On-line Academic Appointment (SOLAA). Application deadline: Summer (May-August): February 1st. For more information please visit Internships Or email: Posted: 12/15/16.

Syracuse University: We are seeking a highly motivated undergraduate student who is broadly interested in plant-insect interactions and chemical ecology. The REU student will learn how to isolate and analyze plant defensive compounds and characterize variation in plant defensive chemistry among Yucca species. This will be a stand-alone project spearheaded by the student that complements on-going research on this well-known system. The student will be based at Syracuse University, in Syracuse, NY with occasional travel to Cornell University, Ithaca, NY to interact with the Cornell Chemical Ecology group. The REU student will work in a laboratory and outdoor setting,and learn how to identify yucca species, characterize plant morphology, extract lignin and saponins, and use ODS column separation techniques. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to learn how to analyze data from LC-MS. The student will join a group of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty conducting research on the patterns of host use by yucca moth pollinators ( Requirements: Knowledge of standard laboratory practices including making solutions, working with acids and bases, and excellent pipetting skills. Familiarity with handling insects is a plus. Applicant must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at a college or university. Application process: Please submit a CV, detailing any relevant skills, unofficial transcripts, a one to two paragraph rationale for your interest in the position, and the names of two references sent electronically to Dr. David Althoff, Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Althoff at the above e-mail address. Funding: Students will receive a $4000 stipend for the eight weeks with a research budget of $2000 for supplies and equipment fees. Posted: 5/12/17.

Syracuse University: We are seeking highly motivated undergraduates broadly interested in plant-insect interactions to assist with on-going research examining the basis of plant host use by yucca moth species. The research includes recording pollination behavior, mating behavior, feeding by larvae, as well as measurement of insect morphology and plant morphology. There is also an REU position to study the distribution of plant defensive chemistry across yucca species. Please inquire about the REU chemical ecology position if interested. Students will work in a laboratory and outdoor setting. Moths are nocturnal and active from twilight to midnight. Students will learn how to handle moths, conduct behavioral recordings, basic experimental design, and will receive training in species interactions. Depending on student motivation, there is the possibility to design and implement an independent project. The student will join a group of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty conducting research on the patterns of host use by yucca moth pollinators (Althoff Lab). Requirements: Ability to work at night, stand for long periods of time, and work in changing weather conditions. Good communication skills and ability to work in a team-setting is essential. Students will also need a personal vehicle to travel to local field sites. Application: Please submit a CV, detailing any relevant skills, unofficial transcripts, and a one to two paragraph rationale for your interest in the position. Arrange to have one letter of reference sent electronically to Dr. David Althoff at Application evaluation will begin May 5. Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Althoff at the above e-mail. Funding: Students will be paid $12/hr for ten weeks. Posted: 4/5/17.

Syracuse University: The Fridley Lab is seeking two motivated undergraduate students to participate in ‘Project Carbon’, a laboratory investigation of the energy and nutrient budgets of plant species in a long-term climate change experiment. Activities will depend in part on the interests of the students but will likely involve greenhouse plant propagation, laboratory gas exchange measurements, plant tissue analyses of energy and nutrient content, and soil microbial measurements. Students will be provided with a $5000 stipend for living expenses over the 12-wk duration starting May 15. Relevant experience and ecology- or plant biology-related coursework is desirable but not required. Information on eligibility and how to apply. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2017. Posted: 3/1/17.

Texas A&M University Galveston: invites talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to participate in a 10-week immersive experience in Summer 2017 to conduct semi-independent research that will address the complexities and challenges related to our world’s oceans and coastal environments through OCEANUS (Ocean and Coastal Research Experiences for Undergraduates), an exciting interdisciplinary program funded by the National Science Foundation (Award Number: 1560242). Target majors include biology (evolution, ecology), physics, chemistry, environmental science, geosciences, maritime industry/commerce, computer science and engineering majors. To learn more about the program and to apply, please visit the link above. For additional inquiries contact: Dr. Liz Borda, OCEANUS Program Coordinator,, Phone: 409-740-4542. Deadline: 2/15/17. Posted: 1/8/17.

University of Alaska Fairbanks: We are seeking enthusiastic undergraduate researchers interested in summer field research in Alaska for two REU positions in the Bret-Harte and Ruess labs. Our overall research objective is to understand the ecosystem and global consequences of potential future changes in arctic vegetation. In this project, we are focusing on the mechanisms by which increasing abundance of large deciduous shrubs in tundra ecosystems may alter the near-surface cycling of C and N, and feedbacks to further vegetation change. You will assist with fieldwork in arctic tundra and laboratory work consisting of tasks such as plant sorting and data entry. You will collaborate closely with the principal investigators, graduate students, and technicians to develop an independent research project of your own that will build on the ongoing research, and will present your work at an informal symposium at the Toolik Field Station. In addition, you will attend weekly seminars on the research at the station. You will be based at the Toolik Field Station, north of the Brooks Range in arctic Alaska, which is the focus of research by nearly 100 scientists who work on a variety of terrestrial and aquatic ecology projects. The positions will last approximately 10 weeks, starting in mid-June, though there is some flexibility. Class background in plant ecology, botany, ecosystem ecology, statistics, and computer science would be an advantage. Experience in field or laboratory, experience with data analysis, and experience working in a remote field site is preferred. You should have skills with plant identification, data collecting and recording, data manipulation in Excel, and data analysis. You must be willing to work in the field, occasionally under adverse weather conditions. A valid U.S. drivers’s license is preferred. Competent, careful, emotionally mature, and enthusiastic people desired! We want the work to be both fun and challenging. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, with graduation expected no sooner than fall 2017. You must provide a copy of your social security card at the time of employment. If you are interested in this position, send 1) a copy of your resume, including the names and contact information for 3 references, 2) a list of your coursework in biology, ecology, chemistry, and math/statistics, and 3) a cover letter than explains why you are interested, describes your background and research experience, and includes anything that you think would convince us that you are the most appropriate person for this position, to Syndonia Bret-Harte, by April 10, 2017.

University of Alaska Fairbanks: We are hiring an undergraduate student for summer 2017 to assist with research on the effects of permafrost thaw and fire on export of carbon and nitrogen from boreal catchments near Fairbanks, Alaska. The student will work with a network of instream sensors to measure organic matter and nitrate concentrations in Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed, part of the Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research program. Research will include day trips to the field site and lab work at UAF. The student will work as a team with a graduate student and technician, and will also have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project. Applicants should have demonstrated interest in ecosystem ecology or geosciences and coursework in biology, chemistry, hydrology, and/or math and statistics. Previous research or work experience in biology or chemistry is desired. The position is available May-Aug. Interested students should contact Dr. Tamara Harms ( and include: 1) cover letter summarizing research interests and experience, 2) list of relevant coursework, and 3) CV by April 18, 2017. For further information on the research, see: & Jay Jones. Posted: 3/27/17.

University of Arizona: We are holding a 10-week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program this summer (June 5 - Aug 11, 2017): “Biosphere 2 Earth Systems Research for Environmental Solutions”. Selected students participate in a variety of activities that will help them pursue a career in environmental sciences. Students conduct their own research under a mentor, interact with other participants and scientists, and present research findings in a formal poster symposium setting. Unique components of the Biosphere 2 REU experience are interaction with the public visitors to Biosphere 2 and training in effective outreach related to student research topics. Additionally, students participate in professional development workshops, an ethics-in-science workshop, and field trips to local attractions. Undergraduate students from a wide range of disciplines and interests including biology, ecology, plant sciences, hydrology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, or computer science are encouraged to apply. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this NSF (National Science Foundation) funded program. Research at Biosphere 2 aims to catalyze interdisciplinary thinking and understanding about the Earth, its living systems, and its future. Students in the REU program conduct research in the Earth system and environmental sciences that examines some facet of soil-water-atmosphere-plant interactions. Improving understanding of these interactions is important for gaining insight into the impacts and causes of global environmental change and variation. Key to research at Biosphere 2 is the use of methods and techniques that allow linking across scales. Additionally, some REU projects will be conducted in partnership with the southwestern Critical Zone Observatory ( Projects will focus on a variety of topics that include (but aren't limited to): coupling ecohydrology and biogeochemistry, investigating abiotic and biotic contributions to ecosystem processes, integrating measurements across scales, using innovative tools to link climate and ecological function, and modeling of ecosystem and soil processes. Students work with several outreach organizations (e.g., Institute of the Environment, Water Resources Research Center, Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program) at the University of Arizona to link their research to addressing local and global environmental challenges. REU Students receive: A competitive stipend, lodging at Biosphere 2's student village, food allowance, and travel to and from Tucson, AZ, as well as support for travel to a professional meeting to present their work. Applications for summer of 2017 are due March 1st, 2017. Posted: 12/23/16.

University of Arkansas: Assessment and Sustainable Management of Ecosystem Services at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water. This REU focuses on field- and lab-based research in areas including watershed management, biofuels, sustainability and more. Projects are supervised by UA Faculty and vary from year to year based on the most current work being conducted at UA. The University of Arkansas, located in Fayetteville, AR, will support the training of 10 degree-seeking undergraduate students for 10 weeks during the summer of 2017 (May 22 to July 28). Room and board will be provided as well as a $5500 stipend during the program. This opportunity specifically welcomes Native American undergraduates from Native-serving two-year colleges, four-year universities, and research universities. However, all undergraduates are welcome and encouraged to apply. Students will participate in structured lectures combined with laboratory and field research, and cultural enrichment activities that emphasize the process of science, the ethic of sustainability, sustainability of food, water, and energy systems, and the cultural connections of ecology with tribal traditions. Students will develop and complete an independent research project with the aid of their mentor(s), attend and present at a professional meeting, and complete a manuscript. Students will participate in responsible conduct of research training and ethics modules interspersed throughout the program. TO APPLY please submit an online application. Two letters of recommendation need to be emailed or mailed directly from letter writers. Student participants will be selected by a committee composed of project principal investigators (PIs) and mentors. More information about the program is available by visiting the links above, or by contacting the PI (Dr. Michelle Evans-White at or the co-PIs (Dr. Brian Haggard at and Dr. Marty Matlock at Deadline: February 24, 2017. Posted: 1/7/17.

University of California Riverside: The Purcell lab in the Department of Entomology seeks motivated undergraduate students to contribute to summer research projects. Members of the Purcell lab study the behavioral, ecological and genetic basis of evolutionary transitions in social organization in insects such as ants. One project in particular will require 1-2 undergraduate research assistants this summer. Recent research is expanding what we know about the role of the gut microbiome in ecology. Amanda Hale, a PhD student in the Purcell lab, is investigating the role of gut microbiome plasticity in facilitating the success of invasive species. This project will consist of field collections of ants from different natural and urbanized areas in the southern California region, lab maintenance of experimental colonies, and genetic lab work. Collections will be time sensitive, requiring on-site camping in the field and motivated students with strong time-management skills. Experience with camping, hiking and other outdoor activities will be an asset. Students will gain skills in insect identification, field work, sterile lab technique, dissections, and experimental design. Exceptional students who demonstrate their skills and work ethic in lab may be able to run their own experiment, earn research credit, or earn a salary as a research assistant. If interested, please contact Amanda Hale ( for more information. Application materials will include a resume/CV and contact information for two references. These will be due no later than April 10. Posted: 3/20/17.

University of California Santa Barbara: Looking for an NSF-REU student to work on several laboratory projects for two months (July/August; exact dates negotiable) of 2017. A stipend will be provided for housing, food, and amenities. These projects will be focused on soil and litter samples imported from the Mpala Research Centre’s Kenya Long-term Exclosure Experiment (KLEE), a 20-year herbivore experimental exclosure in Laikipia, Kenya; the projects themselves will enrich existing data sets being collected by several researchers both in the lab and in the field at the KLEE. The student will work directly with a PhD candidate in the Young lab in the Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology department, on several projects. - First: the student will learn to conduct and subsequently carry out microbial biomass extractions on soil samples from the KLEE; these soils came from a variety of soil ‘types’ within four experimental herbivore exclosures, each of which excludes a different combination of large-bodied native and domestic herbivores. The data from this project (extractable soil carbon, soil organic matter, and extractable soil microbial biomass) will join a dataset detailing the soils’ potential microbial respiration rates, providing a rich combined dataset that will contribute to understanding why differences in soil microbial respiration occur in response to herbivore presence/absence on the landscape. - Second: the student will work with dried grass litter from the KLEE, which had been deployed in the field as a year-long litter decomposition experiment to explore the rate of carbon turnover in the field in response to herbivore presence/absence. These dried samples were deployed for between 1 and 12 months in 2015/2016, and have been stored in air-tight plastic bags at Mpala since. The student will grind, process and analyze the imported samples to determine their ratios of carbon to nitrogen, in order to illuminate the relative weight loss of each in response to herbivore treatment. The undergraduate student who receives this job must be interested in community ecology, ecosystems ecology (e.g. nutrient cycling), and learning new laboratory techniques. This student must be amenable to spending a lot of time in the lab, but there is also opportunity for several days of field work in the lower Sierras! This would take place with several Young lab graduate students in a local herbivore presence/absence experiment; this opportunity will give the REU student the chance to experience field work in an herbivore experiment first-hand and couple it with their experience working on samples from the KLEE; having the ability to experience both will round out the student’s overall experience researching the impacts of experimental herbivore ‘loss’ and land-use change on ecosystem carbon dynamics. If interested, please send an updated resume and a 2-paragraph explanation of your interest in ecology and the project at hand, plus any relevant experience you may have had, to Provide your contact information and your availability for the months requested. The REU student would be expected to find housing in Santa Barbara (with logistical aid from the graduate student advisor) and be able to commit to a period of 2 months of work on the project. The available time window for this project is July through August, with limited flexibility on dates for either end. Posted: 6/7/17.

University of California Santa Barbara: A full time, three month REU internship is available as soon as May 2017. Successful applicants will assist the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research project (SBC LTER, based at UC Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute) in its investigations of factors influencing the availability and utilization of various dissolved nitrogen species by macroalgae (and phytoplankton) in giant kelp forests off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. The project is an excellent opportunity to apply concepts of general chemistry and biology to answer fundamental questions about the functioning of important, sensitive coastal ecosystems. Specific duties may include: (1) assisting with manipulative experiments (lab or field) focused on understanding the physiology of nitrogen use by giant kelp and phytoplankton; (2) determination of enzyme activities within macroalgal tissues; (3) laboratory processing of seawater samples obtained for analysis of chlorophyll, particulate organic matter, dissolved nutrients; (4) laboratory processing of kelp tissue samples in preparation for chemical and stable isotope analyses; (5) computer entry and quality assurance of project data; and (6) initial analysis and presentation of experimental/observational data. Requirements: (1) Enrollment in undergraduate coursework for Fall 2017; funding may not be awarded to students graduating this year; (2) Prior coursework in chemistry and biology (general is sufficient); (3) Strong interest in gaining experience in conducting scientific research; (4) Ability to adapt to a variable work schedule (long days, occasional weekends); (5) Comfortable spending long days working in the laboratory/field and with hazardous chemicals; (6) U.S. citizen; (7) GPA of 3.0 or higher. Compensation: A $4500 stipend will be awarded to one full time program participant throughout the summer. Students will be responsible for paying federal taxes on this income. To apply, please submit a CV detailing relevant classroom and work experience, a one page statement describing your research experience and interest in this position, an unofficial transcript, proof of Fall 2017 enrollment, and contact information for two professional references, who can speak your interests/experience, to Jason Smith (jmsmith@ucsb.ed). Deadline April 15, 2017. Posted: 4/5/17.

University of California Santa Barbara: A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer fellowship is open for one student at the Marine Science Institute, UCSB. Duration is 12 weeks, June 3-Aug 29, although these dates can be somewhat flexible to accommodate academic schedules. We invite applications from qualified, highly motivated undergraduate students from U.S. colleges/universities to participate in a 12-week lab and field based summer research experience. U.S. citizenship is required. The student will be involved with an NSF-funded project on the transport of drifting kelp from coastal kelp forests to sandy beaches where it washes up as wrack. The main objective of the project is evaluate how variation in kelp wrack input affects patterns and processes in beach ecosystems and to develop a quantitative understanding of trophic connectivity through physical transport and input of drift kelp from kelp forests to sandy beaches. The student will learn ecological and/or physical oceanographic methods to explore this topic, and will be required to write a report, in the format of a scientific paper, and give a presentation on their project at the end of the summer. Travel costs to and from UCSB will be covered, and the student will be provided with a weekly stipend for living expenses. This is a full-time commitment and any work or educational activities outside the program must be approved. You are eligible if you are an undergraduate student who has completed at least two years of study towards a bachelor's degree in a related topic (including biology, ecology, or physics), and you will still be an undergraduate in the fall after the summer program. Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Experience with scientific diving is desirable but not required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions. Interested applicants should send a statement of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation, and contact information for one additional reference. The statement of interest should be less than 500 words and include the following information: (i) professional goals, (ii) interest in position, and (iii) relevant experience. Send application materials, preferably in one PDF file, to Jenny Dugan ( Please include your name and REU application in file names and subject line. You may also send all application materials in hard copy by non-electronic mail service to: Jenny Dugan, Marine Science Institute, UCSB, Santa Barbara CA 93601-6150. The letter of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommender (please include the applicants name in the subject line for emails). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted through April 21. Posted: 4/5/17.

University of Florida: As part of a National Science Foundation’s IRES (International Research Experiences for Students) program, we are looking for 4 or 5 students to participate in a wildlife research program in Swaziland, Africa, from mid-May to the end of July. Student will be a part of a study abroad program and then undertake individual research projects to test hypotheses regarding how land-use change and agricultural intensification influence wildlife biodiversity and ecosystem services. See our website for details This is a competitive program, and students will receive 1) plane fare, 2) fully-funded 3 week study abroad course, 3) a 6-week paid internship, 4) food and accommodation. This will be the second cohort of students to participate in this program. The program is limited juniors and seniors from the U.S. who are enrolled in school and who have taken at least 3 credits of general ecology. Interested students should apply on at with the following materials as one PDF file before November 6: 1) An essay detailing why this international experience in Swaziland will be beneficial to their academic and career goals. 2) A curriculum vitae. 3) A copy of academic transcripts. 4) A letter from an academic mentor. Posted: 9/14/16.

University of Freiburg: The Faculty of Biology - Geobotany at the University of Freiburg seeks applications for a summer intern under the RISE Germany - Research Internships in Science and Engineering program of the DAAD. The project will focus on quantifying the effects of tree diversity on productivity in experimental mixtures. The intern will receive support in the form of a DAAD stipend and will work closely with an English-speaking PhD student. The position will start approximately June 1, 2017 (to be discussed with interested candidates,) and last roughly three months. The intern will be based in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and will participate in field work at experimental forested sites in central Germany. Freiburg is a "green" city in the heart of the Black Forest, close to France and Switzerland, and offers access to a variety of outdoor activities. Applications will be accepted through the DAAD's website, and the offer is listed at (link should go live Dec. 1, alternatively search here starting Dec. 1). Candidates are encouraged to apply early. Undergraduate students (freshmen or sophomores) who are citizens of the USA, UK, or Canada, are eligible to apply. Please refer to the DAAD RISE website for details on the stipend, housing, and other information regarding the program. Posted: 11/29/16.

University of Georgia: Applications are now being accepted for the summer of 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates in Population Ecology of Infectious Diseases. We are excited about the program, which strives to integrate experimental biological science with computational methods and techniques to investigate a variety of areas in infectious disease research. Our goal is to recruit both students with a background in biology, with the intent of introducing them to computational techniques, and also students with a background in mathematics and/or computer science, in order to give them experience in data collection in a laboratory setting. Dates: May 22-July 21, 2017 (9 weeks). Students will receive a $4725 stipend for the summer, free housing at the University of Georgia, and travel assistance to Athens, GA. Who is eligible? Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories and have not yet obtained an undergraduate degree. To Apply: - Complete the online application at the link above - Send transcripts (unofficial is ok) to - Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to To be considered, all application materials should be received by February 20, 2017. Accepted students will be notified in early March. For more information, please see our website (link above) or contact Dr. John Drake, program director, at Posted: 1/31/17.

University of Kansas: Applications are now open for our NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program, Models in Evolution, Ecology and Systematics. The program will take place May 22-July 28 2017 in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. In this ten week program, students will participate in mentored, independent research and receive training in research support skills. “Models” is broadly interpreted to include not only building of theoretical models, but also testing of models (empirical work). Students will be provided with a generous stipend, housing and meals, and travel to the program. Review of applications begins February 15, 2017 and will continue until all positions are filled. Students must have completed one semester of college level work (including community college), must plan to be enrolled in an undergraduate program during the fall of 2017, and be US citizens or permanent residents. Biology, math and computer science majors are encouraged to apply. Former students have been highly successful at continuing on to graduate school and obtaining the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Review of applications begins February 15. See link above for details and to apply. Questions may be addressed to Posted: 1/10/17.

University of Michigan: The Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER) announces the 2017 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program. This program is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL). The Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program exposes students to a broad range of disciplines and provides an exciting opportunity for students to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of a CILER or GLERL scientist. We are offering 11 full-time, twelve-week positions. Ten (10) positions are located at GLERL, 4840 South State Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108; one (1) position is located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Midwest Regional Climate Center (MRCC), 2204 Griffith Drive, Champaign, IL 61820. See position descriptions for location information. Positions will last for twelve weeks from the start date. The start date will be in early May, but this can be flexible (i.e., early June start) based selected candidate’s schedule or project needs. We are seeking a diverse group of students; thus, we encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the aquatic sciences discipline and workforce to apply. There is a stipend of $6,500 for the twelve-week period, paid in two installments of $3,250. Deadline: 26 February 2017. Eligibility: The program is limited to currently enrolled undergraduate (juniors and seniors preferred) and graduate students. We will also consider post-baccalaureate or post-masters students who have graduated within the past 12 months (of your fellow position start date) if the position fits directly within a student’s career goals. You must be either a U.S. citizen or a foreign national who is residing in the U.S. on a current Student Visa. Immediate relatives of any CILER or NOAA-GLERL employees are not eligible to participate in this program, consistent with NOAA guidelines. Visit the link above to apply. Posted: 12/19/16.

University of Notre Dame: REU – Research Experience for Undergraduates: Grassland/Grasshopper Ecology in Western Montana. Gary Belovsky in the Dept. of Biological Sciences is seeking applicants for an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2017 to study insect ecology. The REU student will be part of a research team examining grasshopper ecology in western Montana, at the National Bison Range National Wildlife Refuge in Moiese, Montana. Potential projects for the REU include examining grasshopper population dynamics or species interactions (competition, predation, etc). We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a solid academic record, and a strong interest in field ecology. The REU will be working as part of a team, which can include working outside for long periods in unpredictable weather and conditions, and which requires the ability to work independently as well as contribute to a positive group dynamic. The duration of the study is from June 1 to mid-August, although the dates are somewhat flexible. The REU student will earn a stipend of $4500. Research supplies, lodging, and travel to/from Montana will be provided. Review of applications will begin after mid-March and continue until filled. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled as an undergraduate for Fall 2017. Students from underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply. To apply, please e-mail the following application materials to Jennifer Belovsky ( with the subject line “REU” no later than March 17, 2017: 1. Statement/cover letter explaining the following: •why you are interested in this position •what are your future plans •dates you are available to start and end this position •confirm eligibility for the REU program •your e-mail address and phone number 2. Resume 3. Names and contact information for two people who can serve as your references. For more information, please contact Jennifer Belovsky ( or visit the Belovsky labpage. Posted: 3/6/17.

University of Notre Dame: The Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) offers two Field Ecology and Environmental Science Programs for the summer of 2016. Hands on field work … Paid tuition and housing… Travel between Notre Dame campus and the site… 3 credits/summer…and get paid $3,500/summer for UNDERC-East, $4,000/summer for UNDERC-West!! Applications due November 11th! UNDERC-East: (May 22 – July 28) Spend the summer studying northwoods ecology and conducting your own research in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where UNDERC encompasses more than 8000 acres with abundant wildlife, and includes lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests that have been protected for nearly a century. Course modules include vertebrate ecology, invertebrate ecology, aquatic ecology and forest ecology. UNDERC-West: (June 3 – August 11): Explore more than a million acres on the Flathead Reservation with abundant wildlife, grasslands, montane forests, streams and lakes. Course modules like those at UNDERC-East include grassland/wildlife ecology, montane forest ecology, and an environmental history/Native American ecology module. Each student conducts an independent research project in collaboration with a faculty advisor that is more advanced given the skills learned at UNDERC-East. (Pre-requisite - UNDERC-East). These programs promote understanding of field environmental biology and how field research is conducted through 9 – 10 weeks in the field. Applications are accepted from students who will be completing at least their sophomore year at a 4-year college or university. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement of purpose. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in environmental sciences. Four openings are reserved for students of Native American heritage and four openings are reserved for students from Puerto Rico. Additional information and applications are available online ( or from Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC-East Assistant Director ( or Dr. David Flagel, UNDERC-West Assistant Director ( Application deadline is Friday, November 18, 2016 (extended). Posted: 11/6/16, revised: 11/14/16.

University of Pittsburgh: The Richards-Zawacki lab invites undergraduate applicants for a 10-week summer research experience at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology in northwestern Pennsylvania. This position is part of the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Ongoing work in the Richards-Zawacki lab aims to clarify the relationship between climate and the dynamics of chytridiomycosis, a fungal disease that threatens amphibian populations on several continents. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with other members of the Richards-Zawacki lab to survey local amphibians for Batrachochytrium fungi, the pathogens that cause chytridiomycosis, and also design and carry out a study to investigate the role of pond community characteristics on the seasonal dynamics of these infections. Room and board at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology will be provided, along with transportation and a stipend of $500/week. To apply, please send a one page personal statement (about your scientific interests and how this REU will support your professional goals), your resume or cv, unofficial transcripts, and the names of two professional references (including title, address, phone number and email address) to Dr. Cori Richards-Zawacki ( Applications are due March 3, 2017. Please direct any questions you may have about the program to Dr. Richards-Zawacki. Posted: 1/8/17.

University of Puerto Rico: REU program in Tropical Ecology and Evolution. We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2017 internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico. The internship will run from May 29 - August 4, 2017. Application deadline: 15 February 2017. The program will offer students the opportunity to have hands-on experience fields such as: - Aquatic insect ecology - Bat ecology - Caddisfly (Trichoptera) biology - Plant population biology - Tropical Lepidoptera diversity - Invasive rodent ecology. Students receive a stipend for the ten weeks duration of the program. Round-trip plane ticket from home institution to Puerto Rico will be reimbursed, up to a maximum of $600. The program will cover housing at El Verde Field Station. The National Science Foundation and the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, fund the program. The program is limited to undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor degree at a college or university during summer 2017 that are US citizens or permanent residents. Application materials and further information can be found at the link above. Posted: 12/13/16.

University of South Dakota: The Missouri River Institute, Department of Biology, and Sustainability Program have three Ph.D. research assistantship positions and a number of undergraduate summer research fellowships available, beginning in the summer and fall of 2017. Ten 11-week undergraduate summer research fellowships, beginning in late May, 2017, are available through a National Science Foundation grant and research projects will examine the functioning and management of the Missouri River as a lens through which to study complex, interdisciplinary systems. Research projects will be conducted in association with faculty members affiliated with the Missouri River Institute and Sustainability Program at USD from various disciplines, including Biology, Earth Sciences, and Anthropology. Student projects will address the general question of how invasive elements in the Missouri River and its uplands affect the sustainability of the river and the humans who depend on it. Summer stipends will be $5,775 each, with additional funding for housing, food, and travel. Interested candidates may also contact project directors David Swanson ( or Meghann Jarchow ( Deadline: February 28, 2017. Posted: 10/12/16.

University of Texas at Austin: REU, Summer research in switchgrass ecology and genetics. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is emerging as an important biofuel candidate in the United States. Led by Prof. Tom Juenger at the University of Texas, our labs (see complete list of collaborators on website below) collectively study the ecology, genetics/genomics, physiology and agronomy/plant breeding of Switchgrass. We are seeking a talented and diverse group of undergraduate students interested in conducting a variety of research in Switchgrass biology across field sites at these universities. This program is an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in mentored independent research as part of the interdisciplinary work we carry out on the ecology, physiology, and genomic responses of switchgrass to future climate change. Summer students will be immersed in research and learn basic and applied biology through active participation. Working as part of our research team, they will contribute to group research projects, design short research projects, and present their work in an end-of-summer student symposium. Each position is supported for 8-10 weeks beginning the first week of June. Students are awarded a $4500 stipend, plus a housing and food allowance. Undergraduates in their 1st to 3rd year, who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying in the U.S, are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is February 19, 2017. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing any relevant research experience, along with their motivation for joining our research group, and include a copy of their current transcript (unofficial transcript or screenshots are acceptable). Applicants should also ensure that two letters of recommendation are submitted on their behalf. Applications and requests for further information should be directed to: Dr. Brandon Campitelli (, Subject: Switchgrass REU 2017. More information regarding this opportunity. Posted: 12/23/16.

University of Texas at El Paso: REU Opportunity Summer 2017: “Research Experience for Undergraduates in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity” The UTEP Department of Biological Sciences invites applicants for the NSF sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity. This is a 10 week summer program. The goal of this program is to provide undergraduate students with experience in hypothesis-driven collaborative research utilizing field based and/or laboratory methods and fully engage students in projects associated with the ecology and evolution influencing Chihuahuan Desert biodiversity. The program provides: • High quality research experience in ecology and evolutionary biology in the field and/or lab • Research opportunities at the Indio Mountains Research Station (IMRS), a 40,000 acre facility controlled by UTEP • One-on-one and group mentoring from active research faculty in multidisciplinary fields • Training in bioethics and other relevant professional skills The program includes: • $5250 stipend for 10 weeks • Housing in shared apartments and field station • Travel reimbursement of up to $600. For more information on the program, research projects or to apply please visit the link above. Enquiries: Deadline: March 6, 2017. Posted: 12/13/16.

University of Virginia: Blandy Experimental Farm has some wonderful fellowship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs during summer 2017. The opportunities are open to applicants from any college or university. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): The program emphasizes experimental ecology and evolutionary biology including a wide variety of topics such as plant-animal interactions, pollinator behavior and ecology, insect population ecology, and ecosystem ecology. Successful applicants will receive a $5775 stipend, additional money for food, and free housing. Each student picks a research mentor from our pool of faculty members and graduate students and then conducts an independent research project. The students will gain experience in experimental design, data collection, analytical techniques, and written and oral presentation of findings. REU students also benefit from several professional development workshops. This is a wonderful opportunity for an undergraduate student contemplating a future in science. The application deadline is March 1, 2017. To apply: Posted: 12/23/16.

University of Virginia: 2017 Summer Student Program, Mountain Lake Biological Station. Field-based courses are UVA Summer Session classes offered by nationally-recruited faculty, and offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. Our NSF REU undergraduate research internship program is now in its 25th year. Courses: Plant Diversity and Conservation, Field Herpetology, Science Writing, Field Biology of Fishes, Field Biology of Insects. REU: NSF REU Site, 10 weeks independent research. Deadline: February 20. Posted: 12/13/16.

University of Washington: The Predator Ecology Lab is offering an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) studying fire, wolves, and herbivory. This position is a paid undergraduate research opportunity with mentoring and will run from September 2017 through April 2018. The student will conduct an independent research project to increase our understanding of deer herbivory in the face of fire and wolf recolonization. The selected REU student will conduct plant surveys as part of our field crew for 2.5 weeks in September and 2.5 weeks in late April in north central Washington and work with a mentor to analyze data in between field seasons, specific start/end dates to be determined. More details available at the link above. Applications due June 21, 2017. Posted: 6/7/17.

University of Washington: The HilleRisLambers community ecology lab is seeking applicants for an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the summer of 2017. The REU student will work with Drs. Janneke HilleRisLambers and Amy Angert (at University of British Columbia) to develop and implement an independent project focusing on how plant communities vary across large-scale macroclimatic and fine-scale microclimatic gradients, relevant to understanding potential impacts of climate change. Field work will occur in Washington at Mt. Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, and nearby National Forests; with lab work occurring at University of Washington (in Seattle). The position will run 12 weeks from June 5th – August 25th, with some flexibility in start and end dates possible. A stipend of $600/week is provided for the 12-week period of the internship. Lodging, travel and food are provided while conducting field work. To apply and get more information about the position, please visit We will start reviewing applications on March 20th, and anticipate making hiring decisions by early to mid April. To be eligible, you must be a US Citizen or permanent resident currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, graduating no sooner than Fall of 2017. Posted: 3/6/17.

University of Wisconsin-Stout: summer research internship with the National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site at University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin. This is the fourth year of the LAKES REU program. We select 10 new students each summer. The LAKES (Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability) REU focuses on water quality and phosphorus mitigation in an interdisciplinary manner over an 8 week program (June 11-August 5), with projects this year in geography, economics, biology, anthropology, and sociology. Students will be provided with room and board and a generous stipend during their participation in the LAKES program. This program prioritizes students under-represented in the scientific community, pairing them with mentors in individual projects. These collectively will contribute to a more complete understanding of the dynamic interactions of our land and water, our political economy, our social networks, our culture, and our sense of place. We will start reviewing applications for the 2017 summer program on March 1st. Complete program information can be found at the link above. Questions can be directed to: Posted: 2/6/17.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science: The REU Site program for Coastal Marine Science at VIMS invites applicants to apply for a 10 week summer research experience that places 12 undergraduates with faculty mentors. Internships are available in many areas of marine science, including marine biology and ecology; biological, geological, chemical, and physical oceanography; environmental science; fisheries; and resource management. Participants will receive a summer stipend and food allowance. Accommodations in the dorms at the College of William & Mary are provided, as well as transportation between the campuses. VIMS, located in Gloucester Point, Virginia, is one of the largest coastal and estuarine science institutions in the world, with more than 55 faculty and a graduate student body of more than 85. VIMS houses state-of-the-art oceanographic instrumentation and analytical facilities, a large fleet of coastal research vessels, a world-class marine science library, and is within close proximity to a variety of habitats ranging from freshwater tributaries to the coastal ocean. During the summer students will meet every week for a seminar that features a guest speaker discussing topics such as: Scientific Reading, Writing and Peer Review; How to Apply to Graduate School: Tips from the Faculty Who Read the Files; Alternatives to Life in Academia: A Panel Discussion; How to Give an Effective Scientific Presentation; and Ethics in Science. Other group activities include 3 field trips. We traverse the coastal plain environment, from a freshwater system that feeds into the Chesapeake Bay, through the estuary proper and out to the Atlantic Ocean along the shoreface of the Delmarva Peninsula. When we travel to the VIMS Wachapreague Laboratory on Virginia's Eastern Shore, we spend a full day exploring nearly pristine coastal habitats, including an open coast beach on a barrier island, mud flat, salt marsh, and oyster reef. During a research cruise in the York River estuary aboard the VIMS research vessel Bay Eagle, there will be opportunities to try state-of-the-art oceanographic instrumentation, to pull in a trawl net full of fish and crabs, and to learn a bit about vessel navigation. When we kayak the tidal freshwater reaches of the Chesapeake Bay, expect to see an abundance of wildlife and learn how land-use practices in the watershed affect the local estuary and coastal ocean. Application deadline is February 10, 2017. See link above to apply. Specific questions can be directed to Jennifer Dreyer at or Posted: 1/23/17.

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CZO Science Across Virtual Institutes: The Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs) represent a wide range of environmental and landscape settings. To enable broad understanding of the evolution, function and sustainability of the Critical Zone, the CZOs have begun to articulate scientific questions that are common and have value across the entire CZO network. Those questions are: What controls CZ properties? And processes? What will be the response of CZ structure, and its stores and fluxes, to climate change? And land use change? How can improved understanding of the CZ be used to enhance resilience and sustainability and restore function of the CZ? A major goal of the CZO Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) program is to develop the theme of common science and measurements, and include young scientists who will advance CZ science through their careers. The key to how SAVI will do this is an approach whereby junior scientists pursuing research at multiple CZOs do so through strong collaboration with senior PIs. Thus, the NSF has provided funding to the SAVI to enable cross-CZO or “common” research by graduate student or postgraduate summer interns (US citizens or green card holders at US universities only) during 2017. The SAVI program anticipates funding 4-8 applicants with amounts ranging from ~$2500-$7500 each to support travel and research-related expenses; no overhead costs can be included in the proposed budgets; this funding is not for travel to conferences. Applicants can propose research activities at any of the US CZOs. Those proposals that advance cross-cutting questions and/or data synthesis at multiple CZOs will be prioritized. Proposal ranking will be based on the relationship between the science and the above-mentioned common questions, as well as to general working group themes articulated at the annual CZO meeting in Fall 2015: concentration-discharge relations, biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, critical zone resiliency and services, and conceptual and numerical modeling. Successful applicants will be obligated to provide a no-more-than 3-page report documenting the overall results of the work as well as a description of how the activity will help to advance their career. Applicants should send a 3-page proposal describing the proposed research activities, budget and anticipated outcomes. The single-pdf-file application packet should also include a C.V., letter of recommendation from the applicant’s primary advisor, and letters of support from the appropriate contact person(s) at the host CZO(s). Applications should be sent to Tim White (tsw113[at]psu[dot]edu) by March 24, 2017. Posted: 1/31/17.

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Field Ecology Summer Session at Flathead Lake Biological Station (Montana): Since 1899, the Flathead Lake Biological Station of the University of Montana has been offering transformative field ecology courses in spectacular western Montana. 2017 is going to be the best summer yet! This message is to let you know that enrollment is open for our 2017 Summer Session. We have nine great courses on offer in both aquatic and terrestrial realms that will be of interest to students ranging from "sophomores-to- be" (Field Ecology) to upperclassmen to early grad students. Here are some relevant pieces of info: • Many scholarships are available, including students outside of Montana • Early registration discount (Deadline: January 15, 2017) • "Buddy program" discount for students who sign up together • Small classes with great faculty (~15 students per class) • Immersive learning featuring field methods as well as interactions with natural resource professionals • Two new courses for 2017: Aquatic Microbial Ecology & Drones for Water Assessment • Credits are easily transferable to other colleges/universities For a look at last year's summer fun, have a look at: FYI: students who have completed a first-year college curriculum involving biology, some chemistry, and some math are eligible for our 5- credit Field Ecology class after which they may take subsequent courses that summer. Anyone who has taken a university General Ecology class is eligible for all our courses. In any case, students may enroll with permission of instructor so they should contact us if they have questions. Posted: 12/14/16.

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